Thanks to social media, I may have to stop eating dairy.
Let me explain.
Sometime a few weeks ago I scrolled passed an article on Facebook or Twitter that was against people eating dairy. Initially I thought, how can you be against dairy? I love dairy. More specifically I LOVE LOVE LOVE cheese and ice cream. Really, I love them. But for some reason, I was intrigued enough to click on the article and read it. And it was eye opening.
Unfortunately, I didn’t save the article so I can’t share it with you but there are many others out there just like it. Google will find lots for you to read, trust me because I have been doing a lot of Googling to try to confirm what I read in the first article.
Now I realize I may be behind the times when it comes to this great dairy debate but humor me for a minute because I honestly never thought about milk in this way. For some reason I did not realize that cows only produce milk once they give birth to a calf. It seems like common sense now but I just never put any thought to it. So in order for dairy farms to get milk, cows are artificially inseminated. (Against their will I am guessing because if I were a cow I would totally want to get pregnant the real way. I’m old fashioned like that and it is probably way more fun.) Once the calf is born it is taken from the mother (bad things are done to it that I don’t want to speak about) and the milk that is obviously meant for the calf is taken from the Mom to give to all of us. (Now I am certainly not an expert in dairy farming just because I did some internet research so feel free to correct me if any of the above information is incorrect.)
So basically dairy products are made out of cow breast milk that was meant to nourish a calf during it’s infancy. I equate that to taking human breast milk from a baby and making it into food for us. That’s just weird and wrong right?
Not to mention, since cows only produce milk after giving birth to a calf, it is obvious that nature didn’t intend on that milk being for us. It was intended for the calf. And last I checked I am not a calf and I don’t want to become a cow, so why would I drink / eat cow breast milk?
Now that I know all of this, I have trouble eating dairy products. I want to eat them because my taste buds crave ice cream and cheese but as soon as I do all I can think about is how I am eating cow’s breast milk and that I am depriving a calf from its nourishment. And that line of thinking makes me sick to my stomach. Blech!
I am curious to hear what you all think of this!
Is all of this new to you or were you already knowledgeable of the dairy farming process?
Also, have you given up dairy or are you considering giving up dairy?